Titus 1:5–16, Matthew 15:6-9, Acts 20:28-30, Romans 16:17-18, 1 Peter 5:2-3, Hebrews 13:17, Philippians 3:17-19, Galatians 3:1


1. Why Elders?
2. What are the elders to do?
3. God’s Design: Lives & Teaching Shaped by the Gospel


As you enter ministry, you will be tempted to orient your desires toward doing large things in famous ways as fast and as efficiently as you can. But take note. A crossroads waits for you. Jesus is that crossroads. Because almost anything in life that truly matters will require you to do small, mostly overlooked things, over a long period of time with him. The pastoral vocation, because it focuses on helping people cultivate what truly matters, is therefore no exception.
— Zack Eswine, The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus
Remove power and you cut off life, the possibly of creating something new and better in this rich and recalcitrant world. Life is power. Power is life. And flourishing power leads to flourishing life.

Of course, like life itself, power is nothing—worse than nothing—without love. But love without power is less than it was meant to be. Love without the capacity to make something of the world, without the ability to respond to and make room for the beloved’s flourishing, is frustrated love.
— Andy Crouch, Playing God, p 25



Lamb of God

Lord I Need You

King of My Heart

Rock of Ages